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Subject: Pasadena Sampler -
Man, oh *man* this thing is a tease - the cuts in this board are at the beginning of what has to be one of the most rollicking Schoolgirls I've ever heard, the Eleven, and the end of Lovelight.
Dark Star proves size doesn't always matter, and fortunately this thing is complete, and I tell you, the drop into St. Stephen, despite the one billion gajillion times I've heard it in my lifetime, gives me goosebumps. It is absolutely wonderful to hear this Pasadena crowd absolutely acid-entranced as Jerry takes us through that fabled landscape (you remember)...
...and then we're gone until somewheres around the Eleven, just before the paranoid b-flat drop - I'll take it, though...Lovelight is clearly on fire all the way down, and this so exquisitely and painfully rolls to a slow, silent close.
I think this Pasadena show would be in high regard when it comes to '69 shows were it complete - you just *know* it, listening to what we're privileged to hear. The performance here is an *easy* 5, but beware of the cuts. Someday, baby, who knows, maybe...
Subject: Billy billy billy
Spool up the Eleven for a nice Billy K drumming tutorial. Holy sheeeit! Sounds like a hockey fight looks.
Subject: Yes yes ...
This Dark Star is sweet and comploete - and it leads into Stephen so nicely. It definitely lends thought to those who say this was one of their hottest periods. It's such a shame there is not more to this show. The notes say there may have been a song or two after Schoolgirl... weather that is correct or not, who knows - but otherwise they gave a good solid 45 minutes worth of sweat on this night and it is great listening. 5 star quality and song selection but hearing St Stephen cut (amongst others) is enough to drive me insane - so 4 stars overall.
~ Let the good times roll
a short but monumental Star could make this a show for the ages, but like the others have said the absolutely heinous cuts are a huge letdown. cannot possibly give anywhere near five stars b/c of the cuts, BUT DO NOT pass go without hearing this Dark Star!
whole pail o' water -
Subject: rad dark star
this is really an awesome dark star that gets little play in best darkstar lists. Give it a second listen
Subject: oh the missing links
Great sounding show. Schoolgirl skulks around like the perv he is chasing those 17 sweet year old schoolgirls.
Dark Star soars like an eagle. The little keyboard arpeggio is in there for about 30 seconds, then gone for good. A Dark Star as good as anyone, anywhere anytime. Love Jerry's guitar tone.
St Stephen is clear as a bell. This is heading for 5 star plus rating! Sound quality and real sharp playing, and good audience response.
Last minute just disappears.
Then The Eleven fades with only 5 minutes or less to go. Vocals already done, and the band is on fire, as they always are this season on The Eleven.
OK, so Lovelight roars out like a 4 alarm fire. All drums and Jerry's guitar. Pig pretty much sticks to the songbook lyrics, and the band is let loose to play tight as hell. Then poof, it fades at 12 minutes.
I dropped the Eleven from the Las Vegas show a week later (March 29) in here for some wonderful redemption. It does play a wee bit slower than this set, FYI.
The band is so smoking hot this winter/spring of 69, heaven knows what was in the water! Love those sounds, I cry over the cuts.
Subject: Lovely Blast from the Past
This was my third or fourth show, all of which at the time had been in SoCal. Most vivid memory is that Owsley was in experimental high gear that night. He had three ancient Tektronix scopes far stage left, beyond Garcia's double stack of Fender twins, and was mixing live stereo. In moving about the concrete cavern that the Rose Palace is (was? haven't been there since 1970), I'd get crazed when Garcia's guitar (or Lesh, or Weir, whatever) would suddently disappear as he switched their channel all the way to one side. I think he quit after a bit. I've always loved Pigpen, even though for a tender 17 year old he was a little intimidating, and the nights when he cooked are among the most treasured. I'll happily settle for a funky mix balance w/ dim Pigpen, just for the opportunity to hear this again. Six stars.
capn doubledose -
One of the best Dark Stars ever. Ridiculous.
Chris U. -
Subject: Dig this mix
Bobby's chiming chopping guitar is just a *tad* louder than the thick curling streams pouring from Garcia's Les Paul.
John Blackman -
Subject: Rose Palace Spanking Good Show
Hadn't heard this show in 36 years. My first Dead show. I was surprised to hear how they were just crackling good sharp that night, the drums like razor blades and clubs snapping bones,a snappy Calypso-ish version of Dark Star, Pigpen in rare form - blowing his harp a mighty that night, maybe because Paul Butterfield was there, and headlining. (The crowd liked the opening act, Jetrho Tull, and the Dead, a lot more than Butterfield). Not a bad recording; mics/vocals a little hot, drums a little bit in background, but soaring bass, clear rhythm guitar, and everlasting Jerry. What a unique, delightful show to listen to... too bad it only has parts of songs...